When we think of Puente Genil, we think automatically of EASTER WEEK, or “MANANTA” as it is known, which is one of the most important and unusual celebrations of religious faith in Andalusia. Puente Genil’s Mananta has a unique feel, making it a esta for the senses, where everything seems to mix together in contradictory disorder. This is the source of its mystery – and also its attractiveness. 23 religious brotherhoods hold processions through the town from the Saturday before Easter until Easter Sunday, accompanying biblical characters from the Old and New Testaments and other Christian Symbols.
This tradition dates back to around 1664. The most important moment in the Mananta takes place at dawn on Good Friday, when a band plays the “Diana” in honour of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno. LENT is the prelude to Easter week, with the “SÁBADOS DE ROMANOS” procession being held every Saturday in Lent, before Palm Sunday when the “subida a Jesús” procession takes place.
THE “CHIQUITA” EASTER WEEK for children is held in May, and is the seed for the Manantera tradition.